So…you’ve spent time hiring the best candidate, and after a lengthy and rigorous recruitment process, you cannot wait for your new employee to start work!
BUT before your new team member officially joins the team, there is essential information that needs to be communicated to them about the company and their job in order to give them the best possible start in the business.
The best way to address the needs of new starters is through a structured and formalised induction program. Sadly, many employers overlook this crucial orientation step – often at their peril.
Many employers take a casual approach to induction, relying on new employees to figure things out on the job as they go, or by following the lead of other employees, which may or may not be the most effective way for them to learn.
An ad-hoc approach to induction is fraught with problems, especially since the first few weeks on the job are absolutely critical to the engagement and success of the employee, and a determining factor of whether they stay in the role.
It’s important for new employees to hear from the business leader what the purpose, direction and values are of the organisation. This allows them to put their job/contribution into perspective and gives them a greater purpose for work.
A well thought-out induction program is one of the most effective and efficient ways to bring new team members up to speed on a whole range of company policies and legislation that apply to the role, plus a strong understanding of how and what the company delivers its services and/or products.
In many industries, if essential compliance training is not completed it could mean costly fines or other legal implications to the business. This is just one of many reasons why induction programs are essential.
Here’s the 5 key reasons induction programs are essential….
#1 – WORKPLACE CULTURE
New employees need to align and be assimilated into your workplace culture. They need to understand your values and the behaviours that drive those values.
#2 – COMPLIANCE
Educate employees about your company policies on safety, bullying, sexual harassment, and other critical policies. This will help to protect the business by preventing incidents and better defending any claim.
#3 – RETENTION
Inductions programs help employees to adjust to their new role, make a smoother transition into the business and assimilate into the company culture. This ultimately helps retention of employees and saves on recruitment costs and helps employees to feel supported.
#4 – PRODUCTIVITY
Employees learn the right way of doing things from the beginning, instead of being shown shortcuts or the other
#5 – SAVES TIME & MONEY
Saves your business time and money in the long term as a well-developed induction program can be easily replicated for each new employee (great systems available to automate) and added to with new information when necessary.
AND A BONUS #6 IS…COMPANY REPUTATION
Inductions help to establish a professional impression of the business, including the way you deliver customer service.
WANT TO LEARN MORE ABOUT DEVELOPING A COMPREHENSIVE INDUCTION PROCESS?
If you need some professional guidance with your induction process, the first step is to book a free 15-minute phone consult with Harrison Human Resources. We’ll lend an expert ear to your concerns and discuss some suggested steps for moving forward.
Simply click here to request your obligation-free phone consult today.
E-LEARNING TRAINING AND INDUCTION OPTIONS
Our Brisbane human resource consultants can work alongside your business to create induction and other training programs that address the legal and legislative requirements in your industry, along with the objectives set by your business.
We have many options available for employers, including specialised e-learning modules which can provide an interactive, flexible and affordable option for induction and training programs. E-learning modules continue to a very popular option with small businesses where there may be limitations.
Claire Harrison is the Founder and Managing Director of Harrison Human Resources, a flourishing HR consulting business that sprouted in 2009 from Claire’s passionate belief that inspiring leaders and superstar employees are the key success factor to any business. With over 20 years’ experience, Claire has worked as a HR Director of multi-national organisations, as a Non-Executive Board Director, and a small business owner. Claire’s corporate career includes working with companies such as BHP, Westpac, Fonterra and Mayne Nickless.